Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Slow Cooker Carrot Cake

Last week we had our vegetable festival and for one of the dessert recipes we made a really fun slow cooker carrot cake in our Fagor 3-in-1 Pressure Cooker.

This pressure cooker has three functions in one appliance so it can work as a rice cooker, pressure cooker, and also a slow cooker.  Because the insert is metal and removable with a non-stick coating, it is perfect for this carrot cake recipe. No additional pans are needed and it bakes this carrot cake perfectly in 2 hours without an oven! This is great for anyone who is using their oven for other foods or simply doesn't want to heat up their kitchen. We haven't tried it with other recipes yet, but we're anxious to see what else we can bake in our slow cooker!

We also adapted this recipe from the original recipe that called for dead white flour and replaced it with fresh ground whole soft white wheat flour. Using a Nutrimill will give you the ability to retain all the healthy nutrition of the whole grain. 
We love being able to control the texture of our flour. For this cake, we go with the finest setting possible. Soft wheat, with the lower protein content, is perfect for cake.
The other thing we do is use the flour sifter for our Bosch Universal. Sifting out some of the bulky fiber will give this cake a lighter texture.  This is how it works: 

Slow Cooker Carrot Cake
1 Cup grapeseed oil
3 eggs
2 Tbsp hot water
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 Cups fine grated carrot (about 4 carrots)
1 ½ Cups soft white wheat flour (bran removed if possible)
1 ½ Cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 Cup golden raisins, plump with 1 cup boiling water 10 minutes, drain well

Directions: In a Bosch bowl with the cookie paddle, combine the oil, eggs, water and  vanilla. Turn off the mixer. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Mix on speed 1 until combined. Add the carrots, walnuts, and raisins using the moment speed until incorporated.  
Pour batter into a well greased  Fagor 3-in-1 Pressure Cooker. Turn on the slow cook function on high for 2 hours. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes before opening lid. 
The cake will be moist and remarkable. 
There you go! Make some amazing slow cooker carrot cake! We look forward to seeing you at one of our next cooking classes!

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